Ricky Stenhouse (47) and Ryan Preece (37) received their crew chief and number assignments for the 2020 NASCAR Cup season.
In addition to its modified driver lineup for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, JTG Daugherty Racing will also receive a crew chief and number adjustment.
Newly signed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive the No. 47 next season, with Ryan Preece moving over from that entry to the No. 37 that was previously driven by Chris Buescher. In addition, Stenhouse will retain his crew chief from the past three seasons as Brian Pattie has made the move from Roush-Fenway Racing to JTG.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Brian Pattie to JTG Daugherty Racing,” team owner Tad Geschickter said in a team release. “With Brian’s veteran experience and knowledge at NASCAR’s premier level, we know he is going to be a great asset to the organization and work well with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.”
The moving parts began in October when it was revealed that Roush has exercised a latent option on Buescher’s contract, replacing Stenhouse in the No. 17 with its longtime development driver. Stenhouse then filled the void left at JTG-D.
“I’m very grateful to have Brian join me at JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse said. “Working together the past several seasons, our relationship away from the track has really developed, and I know that will speed up the process of getting familiar and plugged into the team as quick as possible. He knows what I’m looking for, and I know what he expects from me. This team is a great fit for both of us, and we’re looking forward to contributing to the success JTG Daugherty Racing has been building.”
Trent Owens will remain atop the No. 37 pit box for the fourth consecutive season.
“Trent is a veteran at our organization leading the charge on the No. 37 car for the past three seasons,” Geschickter said. “He elevated a young driver in his second year in the series to consistently running in the top 15, and we have high expectations that he will be a great fit with Ryan Preece next year in his sophomore season.”
Preece is looking forward to a new but familiar voice in his ear on race days.
“Our teams worked closely together in 2019. It was impressive to see what he’s done with the No. 37 team the last three years,” Preece said. “I really want to continue building on that and bringing both cars into the top 15 regularly next year.”
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